Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food

November 21, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Eukanuba

Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food

Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food is made and manufactured by Procter and Gamble Pet Care. Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food is part of the Breed Specific group of Eukanuba dog foods. It is marketed towards the Boxer breed.

Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food Review

The first thing I want to mention is the fact that I believe Breed Specific dog food formulas are nothing but a marketing ploy to make the consumer feel like they are getting something special for their. A Boxer doesn’t need any different of a food than a German Shepherd does. With that being said lets take a look at the first five ingredients and break them down.
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Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food First Five Ingredients Analysis:

  1. Chicken
  2. Chicken By-Product Meal
  3. Corn Meal
  4. Ground Whole Grain Sorghum
  5. Ground Whole Grain Barley

Chicken is the first ingredient and is inclusive of its water content. With that being said once this ingredient is cooked and dehydrated, making it a dry ingredient, it will have lost most of its water content, thus making it fall further in the ingredients list. Chicken is a great ingredient and a wonderful source of protein.

The second ingredient Chicken By-Product Meal can be a good ingredient only when the manufactures state what is included in their by-products. In most cases the manufactures do not disclose this information, which only leads us to believe that they do not want the consumer to know. Chicken By-Products are defined as: consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.” This is one ingredient that if the manufacture does not state what is included, you will want to stay away from.

The third ingredient Corn Meal is defined as:”ground corn germ which consists of corn germ with other parts of the corn kernel from which part of the oil has been removed and is the product obtained in the dry milling process of manufacture of corn meal, corn grits, hominy feed and other corn products.” Corn is a lower quality grain that has been linked to cases of allergies within dogs. Dogs have a hard time digesting corn therefor we believe that corn should not be used as an ingredient.

The fourth and fifth ingredients sorghum and barley are decent quality grains
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Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food Full Ingredients List:

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Brewers Rice, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Fish meal, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Flax Meal, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Chicken Cartilage (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), DL-Methionine, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

Chicken Fat is the main source of fat content in this dog food and is the seventh ingredient. Before the main fat content you have two sources of meat and four sources of grains. Fish Meal is the third source of meat but falls father down on the ingredients list so its unlikely to plain a huge role in the overall nutritional value of this food. We couldn’t find anything on the manufactures website stating the use of ethoxyquin free fish.
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Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food Full Guaranteed Analysis:

Nutrient (percent)
Crude Protein not less than 25.00 %
Crude Fat not less than 16.00 %
Crude Fiber not more than 5.00 %
Moisture not more than 10.00 %
Vitamin E not less than 140 IU/kg
Taurine not less than 0.12 %
Beta-Carotene not less than 10 mg/kg*
L-Carnitine not less than 30 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids not less than 2.0 %*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids not less than 0.35 %*
Glucosamine not less than 375 mg/kg*
Chondroitin Sulfate not less than 35 mg/kg
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

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16 Responses to “Eukanuba Boxer Formula Dog Food”
  1. Jess says:

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